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Types of Refrigerators and Their Benefits

There are many options to choose from when buying a new refrigerator. This article will give you a quick overview of the different types and the benefits of each.

Top freezer

• Tend to be narrower than side-by-sides of comparable cubic foot capacity (29”-33”), but have a wider door‑swing.

• Offer a tremendous amount of storage versatility.

• Wide items (such as pizza boxes, deli trays and roasting pans) tend to fit more easily in a top freezer model.

• Typically, top freezer models cost less than side-by-sides and are more energy efficient

Bottom freezer

• Pull-out and glide-out features make it easier for you to see, reach and organize foods stored in the freezer.

• Fresh foods are stored at a more convenient height, making them easier to see and reach.

French Door

• The unique armoire doors in this bottom freezer model eliminate the center bar found in other side-by-side models.

• The French Door refrigerator has a larger freezer capacity than any other bottom-freezer model.

• This refrigerator is great for customers with a smaller kitchen or an island since the door opening is so much smaller.


• Tend to be wider than other refrigerators


• Full-height freezer next to a full-height refrigerator (66”-70”).

• Ice and water dispensers are available on most side-by-side models with water filtration.

• Fresh and frozen foods are stored at a convenient height, making them easy to see and reach.

• Come in larger maximum storage capacities.

• Tend to have a wider range of features to enhance performance and convenience.

Counter Depth Side-By-Side

• The built-in look without the built-in price. Over 5”‑shallower than similar width side by sides, fits flush with kitchen counters. This free standing unit can plug into any standard outlet.

Things to consider when Buying a Refrigerator

Looking for a new refrigerator? Here are a few simple questions to ask before deciding what to buy.


What size space do you have available?

• Customers should make sure to measure the width, depth and height of the space where their new refrigerator will be placed.

• In the past, people with smaller cut-outs leaned toward top freezers. However,

options that include smaller versions of side-by-sides, bottom freezers and French-door bottom freezers are available.

• Counter-depth models are designed to be flush with countertops to provide a sleek, built-in appearance. These models are also the perfect solution for kitchens with a limited cutout depth, saving up to 5” of valuable floor space.

Do you and/or your family eat more frozen foods or fresh foods?

• If you eat more frozen foods, you will want a freezer that is easy to access and has a large capacity. Top freezers and side-by sides might be better options. Be aware that the freezer compartment in a side-by-side is narrower.

• Customers who eat more fresh foods may want a fresh food section that has more capacity. Bottom freezers keep all fresh foods at a higher level for easy reach and allow for the storage of wide items like deli trays.

Does your family eat a lot of fruits and vegetables?

• If yes, then you may want features like humidity-controlled crispers or dual evaporators that help keep fruits and vegetables fresh. Some Kenmore Elite side by- side models offer Fresh ’N Ready bins for easy access to produce on the door.

Do you want to get water and/or ice from the refrigerator without opening the door?

• Almost all side-by-sides and most bottom freezers provide filtered water from the door. Few top freezers provide this feature.

Is styling important to you?

• If you want a built-in look, you may want a counter-depth, side-by-side or bottom freezer. These models have less depth, leaving the cabinet flush with the countertops, but have slightly less capacity.

• External dispensers on certain models have a more integrated look with the refrigerator door.

• Some models have smooth, contoured doors.

• Some models have longer doors that hide the hinges.

Are you concerned about energy consumption?

• You may want to select a refrigerator that is designated as ENERG Y STAR® qualified. These models are at least 20% more energy efficient than the Department of Energy standard and can provide significant savings over the life of the refrigerator.

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